Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel

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Erdinger Weissbräu
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Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of HeroJH
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good.

A - Dark Brown - white head
S - Apple, light toasty. Dark brown Sugar. Green Banana
T - Tart - a bit shallow. Nice bitter. Little sweet. Clove and green banana.
M - Dry and nice. not any of that tart sweetness that I get from some Bavarians which I don't like much.
D - Good. not interesting but would be terrific with food.

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Photo of Roke87
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, poured into an Erdinger weizen glass at cellar temperature.
Best before date: August.2011

Appearance- Pours a murky dark dark brown colour, looks almost like swamp water, and almost completely opaque but it does illuminate a little once held up to a light. Average pour yielded a nice soapy two fingers of off white head that very quickly dissipates to a tiny little few bubbles of a ring leaving almost no lacing throughout the glass.

Smell- bready and malty right off the bat and a touch of yeast as well, slight hints of dark chocolate with a nice fruity undertone in there as well.

Taste- Is a lot like the smell, dominated by a nice bready malt flavour and you can definitely taste the yeast in there as well. The chocolate somewhat comes through but not as strong as in the nose, the fruity flavours are there in the taste, maybe banana I’m thinking? Does finish rather sweet as well with a nice hint of toffee in there.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, has very high carbonation but still finishes smooth and crisp on the palate.

Overall- When I first tried this one I loved it a little more, but now as my palate is growing more refined it doesn’t hit the same notes that it once did, although don’t get me wrong this is still a very quality wheat beer and probably one of my favourites. It is still one of my go to’s when in search of a good wheat beer but it’s just not in the same high regard it once was when I first started trying new beers.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, very dark reddish-brown German Dunkel Weissbier with a large tan head. The smell reminds me of a grape lollipop and licorice with a slight roastedness. I taste plum and licorice with a slightly roasted finish. The body is firm in my mouth. I found this to be an odd mix of flavors but very tastey indeed.

(source: Savannah, GA)

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Photo of Evocatus
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Has a dark opaque brown color with a beige, thick, and foamy head. Not too much aroma; nothing distinct nor strong. Taste was also pretty weak, but there were hints of a roast and banana flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty much the highlight of the beer. The beer itself is pretty thick, and mixed with the lingering foamy head, it feels great in the mouth for savoring what taste there actually is. Pretty good overall, decent beer that can be drunk at anytime, just needs more taste.

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Photo of hefevice
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured tan with bubbly biege head that disappeared quickly and left hardly any lacing on my weizen glass, which usually picks up heaps of lace. Aroma dominated by caramel malt. Similar with the taste, smooth and mild with a slight metalic coffee finish. Easy drinkin and uncomplicated for a dark beer.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.51/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff isn't Sanka! This is the kulak's share of the five year plan's most desired whispering wheat plastered

on the world's biggest Mein Kampf mustache. This is Juan Carlo on his mule picking the beans fresh and

rinsing them off in fresh hot candied rum. This is the run-off from the Milk Way's underground rivers. Enough

of the limp-wristed poesy Baudelaire:

"Time to get drunk!"
Don't be martyred slaves of Time,
Get drunk!
Stay drunk!
On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!"

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Photo of sbe1
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark cola brown with a thick foamy head that lasts right to the end.

Smell: Soft wheat scent, a good pleasant smell but nothing really stands out.

Taste: Smooth and rich--and slightly and pleasantly sweet. Not like a dunkel, maybe because it's not exactly a dunkel--other reviewers keep calling it a dunkel, but nowhere on the label does it say dunkel.

Mouthfeel: Again smooth with a slight tickle of carbonation. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown, nearly black, with a large, fizzy tan head that's slow to fade, but left little lacing.

S: Unfortunately, the smell is faint overall. Yeast, sweet malts, and the usual scent of fresh bananas and cloves. Hints of coffee, too.

T: Dark, slightly roasty wheat malts with nicely balancing coffee and dark chocolate undertones. Earthy spices throughout, with subdued banana esters. Lots of nice yeasty flavours.

M: Medium-bodied with the typical champagne-like carbonation of a Weizen, quite smooth but also filling.

D: I don't have any other Dunkelweizen to compare this to, but it seems like a pretty solid representative of the style if not very complex.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice deep dark brown with a thick light brown foamy head. I get lots of caramel and banana in the smell. It is quite sweet smelling.

The taste is a bit lemony at first and end with toffee/caramel sweetness that lingers. I don't get a lot of wheat in the flavor which is a bit disappointing as I really enjoy their Hefeweizen.

It is a very easy drinker and the sweetness only slightly hinders that.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erdinger Dunkel pours out as a really really dark and cloudy beer into the glass with yellowish foam to spare. I can hardly see the light through the glass. The foam will stick around to the very end.

Smells of wheat, hops, and syrup become quickly apparent.

The initial taste is sweet & syrupy, with a variety of cereal flavors making up the sweetness and an elusive but omnipresent overroasted coffee taste for contrast. Alcohol becomes a bit more evident as it warms, and potato flavors start to show up.

The body feels like medium, not too thick, adequate carbonation, and a joy to drink along with the foam.

What a wonderful beer indeed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of harpo111
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i tried this one on a whem and loved it. Dark, with a light lacey head. has a woderful yeasty, almost sweet flavor.
a: dark, mild carbonation..lacey head
s: sweet, yeasty..but with a carmel overtone
taste: nice...somewhat sweet, but very flavorful...mild on the hops..but lots of other flavors floating around in, choco can taste the grains some too...
mouthfeel...moderately creamy
d: Yes..would order again...

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a conical pint glass. Paid £1.79 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, almost black coloured body that glows a dark ruby red when held to the light. A huge amount of miniscule carbonation bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass to form a two-finger in height, thick, dense, off white coloured head. It has excellent retention, sticking around for an age, and leaves behind impressively thick solid lacing.

On the nose there are mild aromas of roasted malts, dark fruits and spicy yeast, but also a faint, slightly unpleasant metallic note that does not belong. The taste is similar to the nose; upfront roasted dark malts dominate the initial flavour, with fruity and bready wheat relegated to a supporting role. A touch of dark stone fruits, burnt caramel, sweet molasses, chocolate malt, light banana and spicy clove phenols all come through in the middle, but uninspiringly, none of these really stand out as spectacular. Light to medium bodied, in the mouth it feels thin, over-carbonated and slightly prickly, but although lacklustre, still reasonably smooth and creamy, easy drinking and refreshing. The finish is semi-sweet and dry with dark malts providing a roasted bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Overall this is a flawed but decent beer. I’d certainly try it again if I came across it on tap but won't go out of my way to buy another bottle.

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Photo of weazal
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Looks are deceiving, smells like hefe-weizen despite such dark color. Overall tough to pick out aromas or much potency. Mostly yeast with some mild spices.

T: A thicker tinge, but overall clean experience. Most of the flavor comes towards the end with a smokiness and tacky molasses.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a chocolate brown with a very slight red twinge. Rocky, frothy head that fades suprisingly fast. It lacks the creamy head I associate with the style.

S - Really big chocolate malt notes. There's a hint of fruit, but it's mostly covered up by the spicy yeast character. The malt is dominant, though, and is holding things back a little.

T - Follows the nose pretty well. Big chocolate malt note that lingers the entire way through. The wheat finally shows itself here, but it's surprisingly mild. I'm not sure what yeast Erdinger uses, but it's definitely less assertive than some of the other German breweries.

MF - Pretty standard for the style. All the creaminess is there, but the carbonation could stand to be a little higher.

D - Decent for the style, but I don't think I'd really want another. I wouldn't turn it down, but I doubt I'll seek it out again with better options available. Ayinger and Weihenstephaner do the same style to a much, much better degree.

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Photo of OlaB
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Gives of a dark color, a gigantic top of haed when i pour the glass, the head disolves very rapid, some lacings on the glass.

A: roasted malts, bread, i sense dark fruits and some herbal notes

T&F: I think this beer starts of fruity and sweet, i think especially dark fruits is very noticable in the flavour.In the middle and the end i think the dark roasted malts takes much more domination in the flavour, and is sweet and roasted malts that i sense in the flavours. The aftertaste is staying there for a good time, and my feel about this beer is that is well balanced in the flavours .The beer in itself is very easy drinkable. The thing I have to have against it is that I think the taste is a little boring

O; A ok dunkelweizen. Nothing more. A little to boring taste ,and I missed the sweetness in the taste that is usually in the typical wheat beers

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a large tan head that held through the whole beer. Also some nice lacing.
S- A sweet roasted wheat smell, with a hint of caramel and chocolate.
T/M- A little too high on the carbonation, has some sweetness to it with a bready wheat taste as well
D- This is a very easy beer to drink, goes down very smooth. It looks dark but there is not mistaking that it is wheat.

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Photo of engisch
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy brown, with a tan head. This is actually fairly dark for it's style, so it's hard to see the cloudiness, as it wouldn't be very clear even without the cloudiness.

The smell is sweet with a hint of bananas, but not the same that you expect from most wheat-brews. The flavor is pleasant and I enjoy it, but if you are looking for a darker wheat beer, this doesn't have the same strong almost overwhelming banana and clove that you would expect from a wheat beer. It is a nice dunkel with a hint of wheatiness and a bit of nuttiness.

The mouthfeel, carbonation, etc make for a very well balanced beer.

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Photo of FishGetter
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super thick head from an aggressive pour. Color of dark coffee.
Great nose on this brew with grain aromas ballanced by noble hops. Some toffee and coffee aromas in there too, but light.
Light wheat flavors, some other grains in there too. Nice low malted profile that maintains dominace. Very mild coffee flavors mixed in. Real clean brew.
Medium mouthfeel, again real clean, no lingering flavor.
Nothing outstanding here, just a solid offering. Very plesant brew.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A super nice foamy beer, When you poor it out, the foam is what you see first. I like a nice foamy beer, and this one gave me what I was looking for in a beer.

The brown color of this beer was reminding me the Guinness, but not black but brown.

The taste have no bitterness, a real nice product of Germany.

The bottle of 500 ml with it alcohol content of 5.3 %, is enjoyable like the famous Guinness.

I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Blissmo
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Erdinger Kristallklar and Hefe before so I was anxious to pick this one up when I first heard of it. I bought a bottle of Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel at the "systembolaget" (it's the monopoly we have here in Sweden for selling beer and such with higher than 3.5% alcohol by volume) in a neighboring town.

I poured it into a weissbier glass, and the first thing I noticed was that that the beer was much darker than I had expected, almost as dark as say, a Guinness, but with a slightly brown/tan foamy head.

It smelled a lot less than I expected, but I could smell a little bit of caramel.

The taste was good but it didn't taste as much as I expected. The taste was a bit caramelly as well, with less fruit and citrus than an ordinary wiessbier and virtually no bitterness at all.

Overall I liked the look and mouthfeel to it the most. The taste and smell was good but very subtle. Although I must say it's a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hear that the brewery itself in Erding Germany is spotless and lovely... I am only glad that I have sampled some of their better output.

This is a descent Dunkelweizen, worthy of purchase and enjoyment, but will not rank among my favorites of the style (to me it's like a Kristalweiss charading as something more).

Appearance was fine -- coloring and haziness. I like a bit firmer, lasting foam, though. Smell offered some small promise of sweetness -- which was there in the taste, but unsupported by my preference of background (Vienna/Munich malts) and foreground (phenols/esters) flavors. Is this intentionally brewed colder to limit these flavors?

Summation: A good brew and something I would not pass up in and of itself.

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Photo of peck95
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the first dunkel weisse that i've tried so the review might not be fair for the style compared to other dunkel's;
a nice dark brown with a small head but good lacing, overall a nice
clean look
i didn't catch much in the nose a small spice smell and maybe
this is a very nice tasting beer some sweet roasted taste followed with a crisp wheat beer and European hefe clove/banana taste similar to a banana bread
mouthfeel and drinkability are both relatively the same there is nothing in this beer that is bad it is relatively crisp but smooth. but there is nothing that jumps out. Really makes me want to try
some other dunkel's

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Photo of Ch1mpy
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that resembles the colour of a Swedish cup of coffee. Tan head of standard wheat beer proportions.

Smell of malts and some chocolate.

Taste is surprisingly plain. Some malts and citrus but not much more.

Smooth mouthfeel but compared to a standard hefe it falls short. The drinkability is also only average.

Despite the fact that this is a good beer I must say that after the nice appearance and a good first impression it actually ends in something of a disappointment.

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark brown or black depending on how much light hits it.

S - Dark fruit, spices and earthy notes.

T - Rich dark fruits, cloves and a sweet finish.

M - Mild carbonation but otherwise watery.

O - A deep inviting beer for those that like this style. Easy to drink even though many will be put off by its dark appearance. Although I prefer other Erdinger beers as this one feels a bit too heavy on the taste buds.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mmm, more beer from the grocery store. Ah, Germany.

Poured from a 0,5L bottle into a glass.

A: Dark, nutty amber brown with an immense fluffy head that is incredibly pillowy. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some decided patches of lacing behind.

S: Lots of yeast and malt, with some kind of strange metallic undertones and some light citrus notes.

T: Definitely a more roasted taste than a normal hefeweizen. Less malt than the smell would have suggested, and less metallic tang, too, although the metallic undertones are definitely present. The classic banana notes are present, but very subdued and easy to miss. It's pretty good - very straightforward, though slightly less one-dimesional than the classic Erdinger.

M: Creamy; goes down clean, leaving a bit of tingle from the carbonation on the tongue.

D: I'm going to say this is slightly less drinkable than "normal" Erdinger, but very drinkable for a Dunkel. I would probably make it through two, maybe three of these (assuming, of course, that they're the European half-liter bottles).

All in all, a pleasurable drinking experience and a fantastic diversion from the actual work I should be doing (metrical analysis of Beowulf - there's a reason I need a beer break).

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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